People that were around during World War II don’t realize the trials and difficulties that a lot of the women had to go through during that time. Many women were left for long periods of time alone, unattended to fend for themselves and their families. Many women went back to work and took up jobs inside industrial factories. These women didn’t have luxuries like makeup, fancy shampoos, blow dryers, curling wands or other styling tools. They had the bare bones minimum that they needed to make sure that their family would own in order to ensure that they survived and lived a good life while their husbands or loved ones were away at war. We will look at a few of the jobs that the women of WWII had to take on just to get by in more detail below.
Many women took to the textile mills not only to export product to neighboring nations, but also to help make uniforms and other pieces of closing for the men that were out to war. This helped them not only ensure that they were doing the right thing by outfitting soldiers that were going off to war, but allowed them to produce something that was physical and tangible for the rest of the country when these goods were shipped off to local retailers. It was a huge boom for the economy when the United States really needed something to help it get back on track economically.
Steel Mills & Factories:
Many women decided to try their hands at a more manual type of labor. They took to the steel mills and to factories to help produce hard manufactured goods that would help construction companies stay on track with buildings, and would also supply the soldiers with metal goods that they would need for warfare. These women were often seen on billboards depicted as “rolling up their sleeves” to do what was right for the nation during a time of war. This helped break the notion that all women should be in the kitchen. Instead it helped them to get out of the house and into a role that they felt would not only benefit their families, but also support the war efforts overseas.
Some Women Served:
In many countries, women were called upon to serve. They jumped in and took roles that would allow them to serve in a variety of different roles to help the Allied forces win the war. Many women went to work in the field as nurses, and there were also women that went to work in a number of service duty roles to help support the Allied Forces during WWII. Without the strength of these women, the Allies would have never gotten as far as they did during the war.
As you can see – Women were an integral part of ensuring that the USA and it’s allies won World War II. Without them, we may all be speaking a different language right now.